Hundreds of stations and not a thing worth listening to: Even the shift from FM to DAB couldn’t help us avoid the nasal, cheesy, over-enthusiastic, often-egotistical tones of presenters playing the same 10 soulless songs every hour.
Sound familiar? Well let’s say goodbye to the fake cheery chat and start taking over the airwaves ourselves!
Don’t worry, Latest Gadgets isn’t suggesting you climb up a high-rise tower block with a ropey aerial and set up a pirate channel. Oh no, we’ve got something much safer and more convenient than that. Besides, we haven’t got a decent collection of jungle records and we’re scared of heights.
Roberts are joining the likes of Sony, Sandstorm and Samsung with BluTune, a range of cool-looking Bluetooth enabled radio devices. No high-rise towers, no law-breaking, no fuss – as long as the radio is within a 10metre range of your laptop, or smart device you can be the DJ and play whatever you like, whenever you like completely wirelessly.
Complete with full FM/DAB/DAB+ functionality, all you need to do is activate the Bluetooth mode, it will recognise your player and will stream the music seamlessly. And in good quality, too.
Other functions in the range include a USB port for smart device charging, auxiliary input for iPod or MP3 playback, station pre-sets, two alarm settings, FM RDS display, mains AC adapter and a headphone socket (in case your family consider your selections to be worse than the professionals!)
Price-wise the range goes from £80 to £199.99, let’s take a quick look at each one:
Blutune 40: The entry-level, baby model, it’s compact, it’s bijou, it offers all of the functions listed above and it’ll look nice on any work surface or bedside table.
Blutune 50: The slightly cooler bigger brother of the Blutune 40. Why is it cooler? Because it has a 2.1 speaker system so it sounds better, that’s why. This one will cost you £99.
Revival Blutune: In-keeping with the ‘family’ metaphor, the Revival is the stylish yummy mummy of the Blutune clan. She might not sport the 2.1 speaker system but her retro 1950s finish, 120 hours of battery life, classic rotary tuning controls and larger LCD display more than make up for it. Complete with a carry handle, you can pick her up for £199.99.
Blutune: The daddy, if you will. There’s no retro styling here. Just a timeless beatbox boasting the range’s largest 2.1 speaker system, it offers all of functions we’ve already listed plus a whole load more volume. And a remote control. In case it’s too loud you can’t actually get close enough to switch it off manually. Like the Revival, this flagship model will cost £199.99.